Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film

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Musical spectacles are excessive and abstract, reconfiguring time and space and creating intense bodily responses. Amy Herzog's engaging work examines those instances where music and movement erupt from within more linear narrative frameworks. The representational strategies found in these films are often formulaic, repeating familiar story lines and stereotypical depictions of race, gender, and class. Yet she finds the musical moment contains a powerful disruptive potential. Dreams of Difference, Songs of the ...

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Overview

Musical spectacles are excessive and abstract, reconfiguring time and space and creating intense bodily responses. Amy Herzog's engaging work examines those instances where music and movement erupt from within more linear narrative frameworks. The representational strategies found in these films are often formulaic, repeating familiar story lines and stereotypical depictions of race, gender, and class. Yet she finds the musical moment contains a powerful disruptive potential. Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same investigates the tension and the fusion of difference and repetition in films to ask, How does the musical moment work? Herzog looks at an eclectic mix of works, among which several refrains circulate: their reliance on clichés, rewriting of cultural narratives, and hallucinatory treatment of memory and history. Drawing on the work of Gilles Deleuze, she explores all of these dissonances as productive forces, and in doing so demonstrates the transformative power of the unexpected.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816660889
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Herzog is assistant professor of media studies and coordinator of the Film Studies Program at Queens College, CUNY.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Illustrating Music: The Impossible Embodiments of the Jukebox Film 39

2 Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film 73

3 En Chanté: Music, Memory, and Perversity in the Films of Jacques Demy 115

4 Becoming-Fluid: History, Corporeality, and the Musical Spectacle 154

Conclusion 202

Acknowledgments 207

Notes 209

Index 229

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